Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.
Michael Gordon News laws giving security guards in detention centres more power to use force than police or prison guards are likely to encourage more abuse of and violence against asylum seekers in detention, a...
Michael Gordon Moves to return families with infants to the Nauru have prompted a mass protest at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin, with reports of several acts of self-harm.
Michael Gordon Before Noel Pearson's latest intervention, the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the nation's constitution was running behind schedule and in danger of running out of puff.
Michael Gordon Australians would be given the chance to draft a declaration recognising the place of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's history and culture and promoting reconciliation under a...
Michael Gordon If Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey need a reminder of the scale of the task they are facing in next month's budget, it is there in this month's Fairfax Ipsos National Poll.
Michael Gordon Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol.
Michael Gordon and Fergus Hunter Several perpetrators of sexual assaults on asylum seekers within the Nauru detention centre continue to have "easy access" to those they abused, according to a group of current and former workers at...
Michael Gordon Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has been bumped off a VIP jet visit to the Manus Island detention centre after Labor supported a new inquiry into the detention centre operating on Nauru.
Michael Gordon The next time Tony Abbott is having a surf with his mate Mike Baird, he should acknowledge his debt to Manly's quiet achiever by calling Baird into the best of the waves.
Michael Gordon A landmark report on the scale of Australia's ice epidemic has prompted federal justice minister, Michael Keenan, to warn that "our nation's addiction to this mind-eating, personality-distorting,...
Michael Gordon The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into abuse of women and children inside the Nauru detention centre after an independent report detailed allegations of rape, sexual assaults and intimidation.
Michael Gordon Coalition MPs nervous about the next federal election will find a few salutary lessons in the past.
Michael Gordon The Moss report is a scathing indictment of the level of care afforded to vulnerable and damaged people who sought protection from Australia after fleeing persecution.
Michael Gordon It was Petro Georgiou who offered the most incisive tribute to Malcolm Fraser, one of the towering figures of Australian politics, the man who came to power as the divisive figure of the right and...
Michael Gordon Thirty years on, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser agreed on just about everything but the Dismissal. Michael Gordon reminisced with both of them in this 2005 interview.
Michael Gordon The Abbott government's plan to reduce the threshold for assessing whether people face harm if they are returned to their countries of origin faces certain defeat in the Senate.
Michael Gordon in Broome Roy Wiggan has a blunt message for those contemplating the withdrawal of services to scores of Aboriginal outstations in remote Western Australia.
Patrick Dodson's heartfelt plea to Tony Abbott: Change course on indigenous policy before it's too late
Michael Gordon 'Father of reconciliation' Patrick Dodson says Australia's relationship with Aboriginals is at the crossroads.
Michael Gordon Bill Shorten has urged Tony Abbott to convene a meeting with Indigenous leaders to inject momentum into the push for Constitution recognition and consider new approaches to closing the gap in...
'I'm sorry I voted for him': Outstation residents angry at Tony Abbott over 'lifestyle choices' comments
Michael Gordon "He's got a cheek, that Tony Abbott!" says Lillian Lawford, standing in front of the steel-framed house she shares with husband Keith in a tiny community called Red Soil deep in the Dampier Peninsula.